Asked • 03/14/19

In a written work, is it better to reference people by their first or last name?

In a work, when you introduce someone by their full name and later refer to them in a context which is not appropriate for a pronoun, do you use their first or last name?Example: "Eli Whitney is credited with inventing the concept of interchangeable parts. [...] Out of this contract, **(Eli or Whitney)** developed a sample of guns which he then presented to the United States Congress"

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Heather O. answered • 03/14/19

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